As Americans, we value the basic right to choose from a wide variety of foods in the marketplace, to make informed choices as to what we feed ourselves and our families.

Presently this right is being denied to the more than 90 percent of Americans who want to know if a food contains genetically modified organisms (GMO).....

For more than a decade, federal GMO-labeling legislation has been introduced but has failed to pass. But there's hope. Currently 55 members of Congress, including U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, have signed a letter of support to label GMO products.

Hawaii is one of 14 states seeking mandatory labeling of GMO foods -- evidence of the unprecedented groundswell of support for labeling across the nation. Hawaii prides itself on leading the nation in efforts to protect the safety of our food and the health of our environment.

We demand that the state Legislature stop listening to corporate lobbyists and instead to the voices and will of its citizens. Anything less is a betrayal of the public's trust and our right to know how our food is produced.

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This was signed by Label It Hawaii members: attorney Paul Achitoff; Mark Ferguson, Down to Earth Stores; environmental planner Joseph Farber; state Sen. Mike Gabbard; City Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard; Mary Lacques, Hawaii SEED; teacher Mary Oyama; Hawaiian activist Walter Ritte; consultant Dr. Kehau Watson; and Dr. Melissa Yee, Seeds of Truth.

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